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Darren J. Ray

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I Live for the Sun (The Sunrays - 1965)
Writer: Rick Henn
Producer: Murry Wilson
 
 
Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) (Edison Lighthouse - 1970)
Writers: Tony Macaulay & Barry Mason
Producer: Tony Macaulay
 
 
My Baby Loves Lovin’ (White Plains - 1970)
Writers: Roger Cook & Roger Greenaway
Producers: Roger Cook & Roger Greenaway
 
 
Beach Baby (The First Class - 1974) 
Songwriters: John Carter & Gillian Shakespeare
Producer: John Carter
 
 
Happy listening. 
 
Please feel free to spend the whole week taking in these beauties before casting your votes (and comments). 
 
And please, try not to tie your votes. Four songs – how hard can it be?
 
I’ll be back with the results next week.
 
 
For copying and pasting purposes: 

I Live for the Sun (The Sunrays)
Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) (Edison Lighthouse)
My Baby Loves Lovin’ (White Plains)
Beach Baby (The First Class) 

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A hidden theme. Ha! Tony Burrows Week! Lead vocals on 3 of 4 of this weeks offerings.

Here's another...:
The Pipkins - Gimme Dat Ding
youtube.com/watch?v=YEEy615Jzg4

...and another:
Brotherhood of Man - United We Stand
youtube.com/watch?v=460INShy3BU

Can I also mention that Spencer James (from First Class) has been a member of  the Searchers since about 1986?

I'll be back to vote.

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Can I vote 4 x tin for teenybopper nonsense? [smile]
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Gold:  Beach Baby by First Class.  I've always liked this one for its upbeat, summery vibe.

Silver:  Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) by Edison Lighthouse.  I remember this one well, though I haven't heard it in a long, long time.  Good to see it here in the battle!

Bronze:  My Baby Loves Lovin' by White Plains.  I struggled with this one a bit as a possible silver, but Rosemary won out.  

Tin:  I Live For the Sun by the Sunrays.  Sorry, Murry.  It's ok, but seriously... you can't top the Beach Boys, no matter how hard you try!

I really enjoyed hearing these, mate!  Good job!

Cindy
 

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T-Bed all over this week - Murry takes on Tony Burrows or one-listen wonder week.
Gold - Beach Baby - come-on now. It's schlocky - but the best of the lot this week.
Silver - Live For The Sun. Remember in Love and Mercy where the Murry character shows off his new prize?
Tough call between the bottom two, Darren, as they are so similar. You know what I want to do here - either flip a coin or tie them. So it comes down to a line each - lucky fella vs. knock on wood. Knock wins!

Bronze - White Plains
Tin - Edison

Interesting story behind the week.

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gold: #3
silver: #4
bronze: #1 &
tin: #2

for the participants in the Beach Baby video; I'll have to vote on the songs (all good!) later. 
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The cheese is strong with this one.

Gold -- The Sunrays
Silver -- White Plains
Bronze -- First Class
Tin -- Edison Lighthouse
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“The cheese 🧀 is strong with this one.” 😆

Gold - Edison Lighthouse - Love Grows
Silver - White Plains - My Baby Loves Love
Bronze - First Class - Beach Baby
Tin - The Sunrays - We All Live for the Sun


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Darren J. Ray

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Thanks a lot to Cindy, Al, Larry and Deb for the votes so far. 

John B, I liked yours too. 

John E, I don't want to have decimal points straight off the bat. If you ever host a week, you'll understand that. As I say, you have all week to listen to these. I hope you have fun disseminating them! If you vote them all Tin, you're also voting them all Gold. That's 2.5 points each. Please let me know what you decide to do, and we'll make it official. 

I love these songs, and they were all hits. That means people thought enough of them to travel into records stores and part with their cash. Those people voted positively. Now it's your turn. 

So keep listening. 

And maybe hazard a guess as to how I will vote. You should know me well enough now. I've never missed a week.
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GOLD: I Live for the Sun (The Sunrays) - Just because it's Murry doesn't make it bad (only second rate)

SILVER: Beach Baby (The First Class) - A decent BB's knock off....but a few years too late to matter.

BRONZE: Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) (Edison Lighthouse) - The guitar licks elevate this well above what's below.

TIN: My Baby Loves Lovin’ (White Plains) - Pop pablum.



Perhaps I should have thought of this band for Cindy's week. Huge in the UK, but virtually unknown here in the States. All the way from Wimbledon Common...it's the Wombles!!

The Wombling Song
youtube.com/watch?v=XWQMMPFtoG4


Remember You're a Womble (LIVE @ the Glastonbury Festival in 2011).
.youtube.com/watch?v=ukrZyzLeISc

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I don't know ... there must be a kind of theme in here.  Rabbits?





Lisa, in regards to last weeks overshare, I can't imagine how many diamonds we'd see lying around in gutters and littering streets and clogging the washing machine if we all could do it.

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Following up on T-Bedford and Tony Burrows (different video interpretation).  I didn't know that Tony was the gravel voice on this though:


Jeff just kills it:

Didn't someone use this in battle already ^?

Did Brian even take notice?

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Gold: Beach Baby (The First Class) 
Silver: I Live for the Sun (The Sunrays)
Bronze: Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) (Edison Lighthouse)
Tin: My Baby Loves Lovin’ (White Plains)

4 bands who lived off one hit song.  Ok ... they may have had some very minor hits but they will always be remembered for the above songs. And really the only performing band was The Sunrays. Anyway, without going into a pop music lesson those are my votes.  Certainly a lot more time was spent on the production and creation of 'Beach Baby' compared to the other 3 singles.
 
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Hi Darren,

Great songs!

Gold -    Love Grow Where My Rosemary Goes -  Edison Lighthouse

Silver -   My Baby Loves Lovin - White Plains

Bronze - Beach Baby - The First Class

Tin -        I Live for the Sun - The Sunrays

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to my ears, very good contest !   apropos of nothing, almost expected "Last Song" by Edward Bear (or Paul Westerberg's fave).

1. "My Baby Loves Lovin'" by White Plains

the best song--dig the last bridge! and best singing here, and one most likely to be covered by Mayer Hawthorne.  Wouldn't have been out of place on his best album either--'A Strange Arrangement.' Great!

2. "Beach Baby" by The First Class

best production--they essentially pay treatment to both early and then middle period Brian.  dig that chord change, "in the sun---every day..."   Very 'Friends'/Wake the World.'  So why not first?  no, not marked down by the video (was that question from a female?), no, just a little too much of that Statler Bros./Mike Love 'remember when' thing in the lyrics.   and...do these non-Americans realize just how far that ride to San Jose would have been?!   but solid song, and no doubt highly appreciated compared to all those kds groups dominating things on American radio at the time.

3. "Love Grows Where my Rosemary Goes"

really good song, dig that riff and groove.

4.  "I Live for the Sun" 

I like the song!   but I am actually more familiar with the version by the Surf Punks (with Daryl Dragon's little brother).  In fact, I prefer the Surf Punk's version--especially the drumming, in almost every way except one: the original is better in that middle part "...take your girl by the hand"  and "pretty girls and their guys."  That part is very inventive.

not a fan of the Sunrays at all.  Very embarrassing on Dick Clark's show, aping a much more original and better group and sound. 






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